Working with ASTRAL howls

I have been trying to sift through a number of documents related to the French-American connection during the embryonic stage of American Lit. This has taken the form of the writings of Albert Brisbane, who popularized Charles Fourier (Much as the works of Michel Foucault popularized Jeremy Bentham in ‘Discipline and Punish’) in his ASTRAL howl: ‘The Social Destiny of Man.’

I’ve spent hours in the stacks of the GSU library trying to sort through microfiche (which if you haven’t done is a wild ride in throwback research) in order to get a digital still of Brisbane. I did manage to get this still, (which for the purposes of copyright I am posting a dummy image below). The main word that I got from this particular document was ‘sidereal.’

The rest of this blog is dedicated to understanding this term. Sidereal. Dictionary.com defines this adequately. But the idea is not in the definition. It is this antiquated idea (which many people tie to astrology, but I argue has nothing to do with this sort of superstition) that there is a sacred canopy over us, that dictates the course of human events in a way contrary to random chance.

I won’t get into chaos theory here, because of course it is not possible to totally defeat chaos. Chaos is just part of life, as that Jeff Goldblum clip of Jurrasic Park may testify as to the “tiny variations” (01:31). But is there some other reality tied to the course of the planets and the positions of the stars, which might dictate the relationship between a very random (internet/streaming media) sense of how events happen in the 21st century and the implacable wisdom of the ancients?

I do think that Brisbane was on to something here, or perhaps that we have lost the sense that some things are predetermined in a way that defeats a ‘time plus matter plus chance’ version of reality. The stars symbolize a kind of alternative destiny, that if the starlight could reach the earth before the star burns out, would connect us with an awesome and quite supernal version of reality.

I’m jest sayin’ y’all!

Polaris – North star? Or Alpha Centaurii?

Before I transition to my dissert blog

I want to give a major shoutout to my friend Aleron Kong. If you enjoyed my blog, you may also enjoy his voluminous collection of LitRPG (soon to be) classics. This is a new genre that I just became aware of and you might really benefit from reading his saga ‘The Land.’ I particularly like the first volume because it is not only LitRPG, but truly Atlanta, Georgia lit.

If you get into LitRPG, it is literally a video game that doesn’t end! This is interesting to me because of the gravitational pull of young people to ‘screens.’ It may be a great way to get your young person who is ‘obsessed with video games’ as my son is to begin to learn to read. *Disclaimer: NOT for young children, because there is a lot of graphic violence.* But for 16-20 y. o. readers, they would be able to handle it.

Yes, this lit is ‘lit.’ Please don’t be embarrased, because I ain’t millennial gen.

The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga (Chaos Seeds Book 1) by [Aleron Kong]